Britain and India


7 Southampton Street
London, WC2R 0LQ
United Kingdom
Date began: 
01 Jan 1920
Date ended: 
01 Dec 1920

Britain and India began in January 1920 as a monthly journal in order to promote understanding and unity between the two countries. It was edited by the Australian Theosophist, Mrs Josephine Ransom, in London, and was the organ of the Britain and India Association that began at the same time. The journal included articles ranging from political statements, reviews of books, interviews with key Indian individuals (including Rabindranath Tagore and Sarojini Naidu) to accounts of events in London for British and Indian audiences and reprints of speeches given by Indians in London halls (such as by C. R. Jinarajadasa and Yusuf Ali).

By August 1920, the journal had to be produced bi-monthly, and it was discontinued in December 1920 due to financial constraints. The journal was particularly concerned with responding to the Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre in Amritsar and was keen to make sure the event was not forgotten in its readers' minds. It also promoted women's associations and education for Indian women in Britain. The journal provided regular accounts of the performances put on by Kedar Nath Das Gupta's Union of the East and West. On 30 October 1920, the association hosted a conference on India in London.

Key individuals: 

Contributors: Chinnammalu Amma, Harindranath Chattopadhyaya, N. C. Daruwalla, Jamnadas K. Gandhi (Gandhi's nephew), Noor Inayat Khan (head of the Sufi order in England), V. K.  Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadwi (member of the Indian Khilafat Delegation), Thakur Jessarajsinghji Seesodi, Khalid Sheldrake.

Books Reviewed Include: 

Ali, Maulvi Muhammad, Islam: The Religion of Humanity (Unwin Brothers)

Kaumudi, Kavita, Great Ganga the Guru; or How a Seeker Sought the Real (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner)

Singh, Saint Nihal, The King’s Indian Allies: The Rajas and their India and India’s Fighters: Their Mettle, History and Services to Britain